Short Guide to Writing about Film / Edition 8

Short Guide to Writing about Film / Edition 8

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by Timothy Corrigan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205236391

ISBN-13: 9780205236398

Pub. Date: 07/21/2011

Publisher: Longman

A Short Guide to Writing about Film walks the reader through the process of converting the fun and pleasure of watching a movie into the satisfaction of articulating ideas about that movie. Drawing on the readers' love and knowledge of films ranging from movies that readers easily recognize to ones they may only have read or heard about, the book

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A Short Guide to Writing about Film walks the reader through the process of converting the fun and pleasure of watching a movie into the satisfaction of articulating ideas about that movie. Drawing on the readers' love and knowledge of films ranging from movies that readers easily recognize to ones they may only have read or heard about, the book encourages and develops writing skills. With numerous examples along the way, it moves from note taking and first drafts to polished essays and research projects, demonstrating how an analysis of a film becomes more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process. For film enthusiasts interested in enhancing their writing skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205236398
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
07/21/2011
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1Writing about the Movies1
Why Write about Movies?1
Your Audience and the Aims of Film Criticism7
The Movie Review9
The Theoretical Essay11
The Critical Essay12
Opinion and Evaluation15
Exercises19
2Beginning to Think, Preparing to Watch, and Starting to Write20
Subject Matter and Meaning25
Silent Dialogue: Talking Back to the Movies26
Taking Notes30
Visual Memory and Reflection36
Exercises40
3Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis and Writing41
Themes42
Film and the Other Arts45
Narrative46
Characters50
Point of View52
Mise-en-Scene and Realism55
Realism55
Elements of Mise-en-Scene58
Composition and the Image66
The Shot66
The Edited Image74
Sound83
Sample Essay88
Exercises92
4Six Approaches to Writing about Film93
Film History94
National Cinemas97
Genres98
Auteurs101
Kinds of Formalism103
Ideology105
Sample Essays108
Exercises121
5Style and Structure in Writing122
The Right Words125
Concrete Language125
Denotation and Connotation126
Tone127
Repetitions and Cliches128
Effective Sentences129
Economy129
Varied Sentence Structures130
Coherent Paragraphs132
Introductory Paragraphs136
Concluding Paragraphs138
Checklist for Writing an Effective Essay140
Exercises143
6Researching the Movies144
How to Begin Research148
The Materials of Research150
Primary Sources151
Video151
Scripts152
Secondary Sources: Books, Indexes, Journals, and Electronic Sources153
Film Research on the Internet161
Taking Notes on Secondary Sources165
Writing the Paper166
Sample Essays169
Exercises178
7Manuscript Form179
Manuscript Copy179
Last-Minute Corrections181
Quotations182
Acknowledging Sources186
Common Knowledge189
Documenting Sources189
Notes for Documentation190
Works Cited192
Notes Supplying Additional Commentary197
Common Conventions of Usage198
Names198
Titles199
Foreign Words and Quotation Marks200
Sexist Language200
Spelling201
Last Words201
AppendixSymbols Commonly Used in Marking Papers203
Glossary of Film Terms205
Works Cited211
Credits215
Index217

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